Oakland A’s lose to Dodgers, break more records in historically bad start — East Bay Times

OAKLAND — The Oakland A’s are not a terrible team, but they’re playing terrible baseball. That’s the scope of a dismal 0-5 start to the season, a historic losing streak extended by a 10-3 loss to the defending World Champion Los Angeles Dodgers on Monday night at the Coliseum. The 0-5 start is the A’s…

Oakland A’s lose to Dodgers, break more records in historically bad start — East Bay Times

Oakland A’s drop Opening Night game to Houston Astros; but fans get their jeers in — Marin Independent Journal

OAKLAND — Fans returned to the Oakland Coliseum for the first time since 2019 and made it clear they hadn’t forgotten the opposing team’s involvement in baseball’s biggest scandal of that winter. Boos, chants of “Cheater!” rained down from the some-10,436 fans in attendance, a sellout, who’ve been waiting over a year to express their…

Oakland A’s drop Opening Night game to Houston Astros; but fans get their jeers in — Marin Independent Journal

Angels blast three homers in victory over A’s — Whittier Daily News

THE GAME: Luis Rengifo, Justin Upton and Jose Rojas hit homers in the Angels’ 7-3 victory over the Oakland A’s on Friday afternoon in a seven-inning game at Hohokam Park in Mesa. PITCHING REPORT: RHP Shohei Ohtani struck out five and allowed one run in 1 2/3 innings. Ohtani’s fastball was 96-100 mph. … LHP…

Angels blast three homers in victory over A’s — Whittier Daily News

How Greg Maddux played into Sean Manaea’s offseason rediscovery — East Bay Times

Before the 2020 postseason began, Tyler Pazik texted his best friend Sean Manaea an article. It was a story about Greg Maddux hiring a mental health performance coach that helped transform the Hall of Fame pitcher into a savant. “We doin’ this or what?” Pazik texted along with the article. “Hell yeah,” Manaea responded. Manaea,…

How Greg Maddux played into Sean Manaea’s offseason rediscovery — East Bay Times

A’s spring training takeaways: Matt Chapman ‘eager’ to get back playing — Marin Independent Journal

A’s workouts will be mostly closed to the public, but all eyes will be on Matt Chapman as he ventures back to his post at the hot corner after hip surgery. Full squads don’t report until Feb. 22, but the Oakland A’s social media accounts posted a clip of Chapman fielding ground balls at third…

A’s spring training takeaways: Matt Chapman ‘eager’ to get back playing — Marin Independent Journal

Matt Chapman gets a raise and A’s sign remaining arbitration eligible players — Marin Independent Journal

It wasn’t an extension, but the A’s star third baseman got a significant raise in his first year of arbitration. Matt Chapman, the A’s Platinum Glove third baseman, signed a one-year deal worth $6.49 million. Despite a tumultuous year and slow off season with few moves thus far, the A’s managed to avoid arbitration with…

Matt Chapman gets a raise and A’s sign remaining arbitration eligible players — Marin Independent Journal

Liam Hendriks says A’s ‘never reached out’ during free agency — Red Bluff Daily News

Liam Hendriks introduced himself to the South Side on Friday. True to form, Hendriks didn’t hold much back as he talked to reporters at his introductory Zoom press conference. The Chicago White Sox’s new $54 million closer wasn’t afraid to share his experience in this strange free agency market, saying the Oakland A’s weren’t in…

Liam Hendriks says A’s ‘never reached out’ during free agency — Red Bluff Daily News

Billy Beane on state of A’s after another postseason exit: ‘It’s a pretty darn good foundation’ — Times-Standard

The Oakland A’s have had 24 hours to digest their American League Divisional Series defeat at the hands of the Houston Astros. Difficult decisions can’t be made yet, but the Athletics’ brass left Los Angeles feeling good about the talent that flew back to Oakland. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the organization isn’t focused on what they’ve lacked…

Billy Beane on state of A’s after another postseason exit: ‘It’s a pretty darn good foundation’ — Times-Standard

ALDS Game 3: Oakland A’s keep season alive with thrilling comeback victory — Times-Standard

Game 3 of the ALDS saw three dramatic lead changes, but the A’s kept their season alive with a 9-7 win over the Houston Astros. Chad Pinder’s 360-foot blast in the seventh was the shortest of them all, but was by far the most impactful. The three-run homer erased an Astros’ 7-4 lead late and…

ALDS Game 3: Oakland A’s keep season alive with thrilling comeback victory — Times-Standard

By SHAYNA RUBIN |PUBLISHED: October 7, 2020 at 4:18 p.m. | UPDATED: October 7, 2020 at 4:18 p.m.

Game 3 of the ALDS saw three dramatic lead changes, but the A’s kept their season alive with a 9-7 win over the Houston Astros.

Chad Pinder’s 360-foot blast in the seventh was the shortest of them all, but was by far the most impactful. The three-run homer erased an Astros’ 7-4 lead late and shifted the momentum.

The offensive flow rode again on another Home Run Derby, with both sides upping the count to 18 total long balls at Dodger Stadium in these three games.

The A’s took an early lead with four solo blasts. Tommy La Stella got the A’s out to an early 1-0 lead in the first.

The Astros claimed the lead the following inning. José Altuve hit a solo home run and, with runners on the corners,  La Stella’s weak throw on a potential double play turn scored Houston’s go-ahead run.

Oakland could feast a little on José Urquidy, who was hanging his breaking balls. Mark Canha, Matt Olson and Marcus Semien notched solo home runs to extend the A’s lead to 4-2.

The incremental lead gathered via solo home run was easily squashed with one big inning. Jesús Luzardo had been rolling. Getting ahead in counts, he held the Astros scoreless through three innings.

It started with a leadoff walk to Yuli Gurriel in the fifth inning. Aledmys Diaz worked back from an 0-2 count and nailed a fastball over the left field fence to tie the game 4-4. With reliever Yusmeiro Petit on the mound, Houston taught the A’s a lesson in hitting with runners in scoring position, stringing together four hits from the heart of the order for a 7-4 lead.

The comeback A’s, capable of reclaiming unlikely leads late, gave way to the comeback Astros. It was a snapshot for how this series has gone for the A’s: Petit allowed four earned runs in 21 2/3 innings during the regular season. Houston put up four against him in one inning this series, including three Wednesday.

The bullpen just couldn’t mask the offensive deficiencies much longer. The A’s had their opportunities to bust the game open in their favor.

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After Semien’s home run in the fourth, Oakland loaded the bases with a walk and Chad Pinder’s single — the A’s first single of the game. Khris Davis, batting cleanup for the first time since July, couldn’t get all of a fastball in the zone and flied out. After Olson walked to load the bases, Canha popped out to extinguish a prime opportunity.

Pinder salvaged the mess. After back-to-back singles from Semien and La Stella to lead off the seventh, Pinder launched the opposite field three-run home run that just cleared the right field fence and missed Kyle Tucker’s outreached glove. It was the A’s first hit with runners in scoring position of the series — he also had the A’s key two-run single against the White Sox in Game 3 of the wild card series.

Liam Hendriks had to whip out his “Hercu-Liam” alter ego, tasked with shutting down the Astros in three innings.

After not throwing more than 30 pitches in any outing in the regular season, Hendriks threw 49 in Game 2 of the wild card series and got the save in Game 3. With a lead, he threw 25 through the seventh and eighth inning. He escaped a game-tying threat in the eighth by striking out pinch hitter Josh Reddick on a 98 mph heater — Reddick broke his bat in frustration.

Hendriks finished off the game by retiring Springer, Altuve and Brantley in order in the ninth.

Oakland A’s clinch American League West for first time since 2013 — Times-Standard

The Oakland A’s clinched the American League West for the first time since 2013. What’s more, they won it on a day off in Los Angeles. The division championship came to them courtesy of a Houston Astros 6-1 loss to the Seattle Mariners Monday night. Related Articles A’s postseason preview: The questions Oakland must answer…

Oakland A’s clinch American League West for first time since 2013 — Times-Standard

A’s Melvin happy to escape smoky Seattle: “You felt it, for sure” — Times-Standard

A’s manager Bob Melvin said Tuesday some of his players were feeling some minor effects of playing a doubleheader in worsening air quality the day before in Seattle, but nothing that would prevent them from playing that night against the Colorado Rockies. The A’s played the Mariners twice Monday as a thick haze inside the…

A’s Melvin happy to escape smoky Seattle: “You felt it, for sure” — Times-Standard

A’s say Matt Chapman is done for season — Times-Standard

CLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos on a mobile device The Oakland A’s will be without one of their best players for the rest of the season. Platinum Glove third baseman Matt Chapman will undergo surgery on his right hip Monday that will sideline him for the rest of a…

A’s say Matt Chapman is done for season — Times-Standard